The Best Winter Activities around Montrose
The snow might fly during the winter months, but the fun doesn’t stop here in Montrose! The saying “stay here, play everywhere” definitely holds true throughout the year. While the summer months might be better suited for an outdoor barbeque, the winter months are full of adventurous activities. But if you’re more in the mood for some relaxation, there’s plenty to do as well.
Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe
Both cross country skiing and snowshoeing are a great workout and a great way to explore all the great areas Montrose has to offer. There are a variety of trails for all skill levels, whether you are looking for an all-day trek into the wilderness or a leisurely afternoon adventure.
Black Canyon National Park
Black Canyon National Park receives a lot fewer visitors during the winter months and becomes a peaceful and quiet area to ski or snowshoe in nature. The South Rim Drive closes to vehicles over the winter months and is the perfect trail for cross country skiers. It’s about 6 miles long and provides some of the best views of the canyon.
If you’re wanting to snowshoe, check out the Rim Rock Trail and the Oak Flat Loop. You’ll be able to go at a slower pace and enjoy the natural surroundings. Keep in mind that dogs are not allowed on the trails since it is a national park. Snowshoes are even available for use (free of charge) at the visitor’s center.
Uncompahgre National Forest and Mount Sneffels Wilderness area
The areas around Uncompahgre National Forest & Mount Sneffels Wilderness area are also great options for skiers and snowshoers. And for you dog lovers out there, dogs are allowed on most of these trails. The trails throughout the national forest and wilderness can be a bit more rugged. On many of these trails, you may not even see another person and you can really get away from it all and enjoy the quiet and peaceful surroundings of nature.
Snowmobiling in the Mountains
Snowmobiling is a very popular winter activity in the area. It allows access to more remote and beautiful areas of the wilderness and backcountry. And it is just plain fun! Who wouldn’t want to glide over the snow drifts and fly through the powder?! Even if you don’t own a snowmobile or have never gone snowmobiling before, there are plenty of places around that offer rental and guided tours.
Owl Creek Pass
Owl Creek Pass offers some of the most amazing panoramic views. Spend a day or an afternoon exploring the snow-covered roads and trails nestled high in the mountains. Owl Creek Pass is open for snowmobiling from December through May. If you can, try and catch the sunset at Owl Creek Pass. The mountains glow and the sun just sets them on fire. Enjoy the unforgettable views and have fun!
Black Mesa offers some of the best snowmobiling areas in Colorado. There are thousands of acres of amazing powder to fly through with many open meadows. You can even snowmobile all the way to Baldy Mountain where you can find Black Mesa Lodge. The lodge is open year round and offers meals, rooms, and a bar.
Skiing and Snowboarding
There is no shortage of areas to ski or snowboard within the Montrose area. 6 of the best ski resorts in Colorado are within a 2-hour drive. Be sure to check out Telluride, Powderhorn, Silverton Mountain, Crested Butte, Monarch Mountain, and Purgatory. Telluride is known around the world as being one of the best ski resorts. It has a large selection of runs with amazing views of the San Juan Mountains. The Telluride area has the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 peaks and will not disappoint.
What to Do and Where to Go to Escape the Cold
Not everyone is a fan of the cold weather and snow. Others love to play in the snow but want to warm up after a long day or take a weekend and go away to someplace a little warmer.
Ouray Hot Springs
The newly renovated hot springs in Ouray, Colorado is a great place to warm up! There are different temperature pools for your comfort, and the views of the town and surrounding mountains will leave you in awe. Relax and unwind, and even get a massage for extra relaxation. Soak in the hot mineral water as the snow falls. If you want dinner afterward, be sure to check out the many great restaurants that Ouray has to offer as well!
Take a Weekend Trip to Moab, UT
If you want to take a weekend trip to escape the cold a little, Moab has a lot to offer and is less than 3 hours away. It usually stays a little warmer with lots more sun. Moab doesn’t get as many tourists in the winter and is right in between Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. They both have amazing views for hikes, climbing, and scenic drives.
Also be sure and check out the Visit Montrose website for more winter fun. Does Montrose sound like the place for you? Contact me or give me a call at (970) 596-2861 for more information about the real estate available in the area.